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Branden Block

Branden has been a journalist for more than 15 years, working in newsrooms around Central New York, Western New York and the Capital District, where he covered urban crime and political news for Albany's WRGB. During his career, he's served as the New York State  Television Chair for the National Press Photographers Association (TVQCC)  and has won numerous awards for his video journalism. Prior to joining the WIBX Newsroom, Branden worked with Governor David Paterson's 2010 campaign for Governor. A Mohawk Valley native, Branden enjoys covering Utica politics and public safety issues. You can hear him Saturday mornings from 6-9 on WIBX 950AM.
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Hop Harvest Scheduled for Sunday

Bridgewater, NY (WIBX) - The F.X. Matt Brewing Company in conjunction with Wrobel Farms will be hosting a hop harvest to brew locally sourced Saranac Wet Hop IPA Sunday from 1 to 6 pm. Wrobel Farms is located at 927 State Route 8, Bridgewater, NY

Around 200 friends of Saranac will be volunteering to help pick hops for a special locally hopped beer to be made by the Brewery

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Terry Smith(left), Vennie Coleman (middle), Shakir Elliott (right) // Image Courtesy Utica Police Department
Terry Smith(left), Vennie Coleman (middle), Shakir Elliott (right) // Image Courtesy Utica Police Department
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Utica Police Arrest 3 In Shots Fired Incidents

Utica, NY (WIBX) - According to Utica Police, they've  responded to 32 calls for "shots fired" across the city since August 1st. Several of the incidents occurred on Mason Street. and Nichols Street.

In one of the incidents on Nichols Street, 3 people were struck with gun fire

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Image Courtesy Utica Police Department
Image Courtesy Utica Police Department
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UPD Arrest Teen For Shots Fired Incident

Utica, NY (WIBX) - The Utica Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division continues to investigate Monday's "shots fired" incident that happened on Wager St and Schuyler St. Today, they charged 19-year old Victor Jones with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, along with 2 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor

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Eric Kayne, Getty Images
Eric Kayne, Getty Images
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Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies Investigate Serious Accident

Smithfield, NY (WIBX) - Madison County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a serious accident that occurred at approximately 1:00 AM Sunday morning on Pleasant Valley Road, between Old County Road and Brooks Road in the Town of Smithfield

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Image Courtesy Herkimer County Fair
Image Courtesy Herkimer County Fair
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Frankfort Man Wins Herkimer County Fair Demolition Derby

Frankfort, NY (WIBX) - The Demolition Derby was held on Wednesday evening, August 16, 2012.  There were 66 car entries across six heats.  There was also a winner’s heat.  The sponsor of this event is Vince’s U-Pull It of Marcy, NY

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